Plastic is Choking Bali - Meet the Aussies Running to Save It – Hope 103.2

Plastic is Choking Bali – Meet the Aussies Running to Save It

By Clare BruceTuesday 27 Nov 2018

Every year, a million Aussies flock to Bali for holidays, corporate conferences and schoolies parties, drawn by the island’s resorts, gorgeous beaches and laid-back lifestyle.

But we leave behind our rubbish. And so do millions of visitors from other parts of the world.

Tragically, tourism has become an environmental disaster for Bali. Visitors are dumping hundreds of tonnes of plastic rubbish each year, which ends ends up in the oceans and beaches, choking the life out of the delicate environment.

Each day there’s more than a tonne dumped on Nusa Lembongan alone, one of the smaller islands off Bali’s coast – it’s more than can even be recycled.

Running to Save a Pristine Island

That’s why on December 8, a group of 20 runners from around the world, including some well-known Aussie contestants, will compete in the inaugural Bali Hope SwimRun event, raising funds and awareness to help protect Nusa Lembongan.

SwimRun is an endurance sport birthed in Sweden, combining running and swimming, with competitors entering in teams of two. Australian competitors in this event will include bloggers, writers, athletes and social influencers such as Jackson Groves, Josh Lynott and Paul Newsome.

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Josh Lynott, competitor in the Bali Hope SwimRun

Josh Lynott, long distance runner and a competitor in the 2018 Bali Hope Ultra and the Bali Hope SwimRun.

Bali Hope founder Tom Hickman said fast action is needed to save Nusa Lambongan.

Bali Hope founder Tom Hickman

Event founder Tom Hickman

“Everyone’s aware now globally that single use plastics are a real problem,” he said. “We see it on the TV, but living in Bali you come across it on a daily basis. Nusa Lambongan is a stunning, innocent island that’s just starting to be put on the tourist map. It’s an island of 10,00 people and is generating already over a tonne of plastic a day. It’s impossible to ignore the impact that tourism’s having.”

He hopes SwimRun will raise $60,000 for the two charities Bali Children Foundation, and Friends of Lembongan. The event also aims to spark change around the use of plastic, and ensure a sustainable future for Bali and its oceans.

To support the cause, sponsor an individual competitor or donate directly to Bali Children Foundation.

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